There can now be few football fans around the world who are not familiar with the name Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez. The Manchester United striker has earned widespread respect for his likeable character, simple approach to the game and, above all, his uncanny knack of popping up with important goals when it really matters.

 

If Hernandez is an important player for his club, then he can be considered absolutely integral to the Mexican national team. The 25-year-old has scored 30 goals in only 46 international games, and appears well on course to smash the all-time record of 42 held by El Tri's legendary former striker Jared Borgetti.

 

It follows, then, that Hernandez will be one of the main attractions in Mexico's squad for the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. The coaching staff of Mexico's opponents will be all too aware of his threat, and are no doubt planning ways to negate his pace, predatory finishing and superb sense of positioning in the penalty area.

 

Their efforts will likely be in vain, however, as Hernandez is a player who nearly always finds a way to deliver. The FIFA Confederations Cup is a competition that holds great importance in Mexico, and their fans will be pinning their hopes on a strong contribution from their star striker.